2/4/2008

Microsoft says first Vista update in manufacturing

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp said on Monday its first update to the Windows Vista operating system has been released for manufacturing.

In a presentation to investors, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said the company had also released to manufacturing the first major upgrade to its operating system for server computers, Windows Server 2008.

Yahoo Music Users Going to RealNetworks

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo Inc. will cease operating its online music subscription service and switch its customers to RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody music service as part of a new deal between the companies that calls for Yahoo to promote Rhapsody on its site.

Terms of the deal, to be formally announced Monday, were not disclosed. The move is part of Yahoo’s overhaul of its online music offerings.

“People want to have music and consume it in lots of different forms and across different devices and platforms and we want to have a play in as many of those as we can,” said Scott Moore, Yahoo’s head of media.

Moore said the partnership would allow Yahoo to focus its energies more on free, ad-supported music and other media offerings.

Domain Name in the Works for Post Office

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new “dot-post” Internet address in the works aims to set apart the electronic services increasingly offered by postal agencies around the world.

Backers say restricting the “.post” domain name to postal agencies or groups that provide postal services would instill trust in Web sites using such names. By contrast, popular suffixes such as “.com” and “.org” are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Internet’s key oversight agency, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is trying to work out contract terms for the suffix with the U.N. Universal Postal Union. Approval could come as early as mid-February and implementation several months later.

Google: To Help Yahoo Repel Microsoft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. raised the specter of Microsoft Corp. using its proposed $42 billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc. to gain illegal control over the Internet, underscoring the online search leader’s queasiness about its two biggest rivals teaming up.

The critical remarks, posted online Sunday by Google’s top lawyer, represented the Mountain View-based company’s first public reaction to Microsoft’s unsolicited bid for Yahoo since the offer was announced Friday.

“Microsoft’s hostile bid for Yahoo raises troubling questions,” David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, wrote. “This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking over another. It’s about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation.”

Google’s opposition isn’t a surprise, given that Microsoft views Yahoo as a crucial weapon in its battle to gain ground on Google in the Internet’s booming search and advertising markets.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft has been trying to depict a Yahoo takeover as a boon for both advertisers and consumers because the two companies together would be able to compete against Google more effectively.

But Google is painting a starkly different picture, asserting that Microsoft will be able to stifle innovation and leverage its dominating Windows operating system to set up personal computers so consumers are automatically steered to online services, such as e-mail and instant messaging, controlled by the world’s largest software maker.

In a move that illustrates just how badly Google wants to torpedo the deal, Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt called Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang Friday to offer his help in repelling Microsoft,

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